Need an upgraded or smaller switch for your amp or device? Saturnworks amp/device switches are compact and high quality switches for amps or other devices requiring basic on/off (closed/grounded) switching.
Please note: if you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please check out our tap tempo pedal page, where you will find a large selection of momentary (aka unlatching) switches.
Single switches come in both latching and momentary variations. Latching single switches come in LED variations with either an internally or externally powered LED. Please see the note on LEDs below.
The latching single version is a basic on/off (open/grounded) latching switch with a TS (mono) jack.
Single momentary switches come as either normally open or normally closed. Boss/Roland applications use normally closed, while most other devices use normally open.
Double switches come in both latching and momentary variations. Latching double switches have options for internally or externally powered LEDs (see note on LEDs below).
Momentary double switches come in normally open or normally closed variations, with either pro or soft touch switches. Double switches also come in TRS or two TS variations.
If you need a TRS (stereo) cable to connect a double-switch to your device, we have them here.
Saturnworks amp/device switches use boutique-grade components including:
- Pro grade switches that are rated for triple the durability of standard switches
- Neutrik jacks
- Compact and sturdy cast-aluminum enclosures
- Military spec silver-plated wire.
- Passive circuitry does not need power to work as a switch – the LED versions need power only to light up the LED.
Notes on compatibility: These basic switches are compatible with a variety of amps and devices. However, it is up to you to determine whether the switch will work with your amp or device before ordering. We don’t have a comprehensive list of amps or devices compatible with Saturnworks switches. Some amp switches use basic setups, while others use specialized setups with extra components such as diodes, resistors, etc.
To determine compatibility please consult your amp’s owners manual or contact the manufacturer and inquire whether a basic open/closed latching or momentary footswitches will work with your amp or device.
Compatibility with Boss/Roland: Looking to replace a switch for a Boss or Roland device? You’ll need to determine whether your application requires momentary or latching switches. Check your owner’s manual. If your device calls for the FS-5U, then you need a momentary (aka unlatching) switch. If your device calls for the FS-5L, then you need a latching switch. If your device is compatible with the FS-6, you will need to determine whether your particular application calls for the FS-6 to be set up on unlatching (momentary) or latching mode. Then select the appropriate Saturnworks switch variation. Please note: unlike the FS-6, Satunworks switches are mechanical switches and cannot be changed from latching to unlatching (momentary).
All Boss/Roland momentary switch applications use normally closed switches.
TRS to single switch compatibility: One issue that sometimes comes up is that customers try to use a single TS switch to switch something on an amp/device that is designed to work with a 2-button TRS configuration. If what you’re trying to switch is on the tip of the TRS connection then it will work. But if what you’re trying to switch is on the ring, a single TS switch won’t work, because the ring will always be grounded, regardless of the switch position. If you’re trying to use a single switch to switch only what is on the ring of a TRS setup, the pedal will need to be specially built with a TRS jack and the switch installed only on the ring. You will also need to connect it with a TRS cable. That special configuration is available by request. Please contact us for more information.
Note on LEDs: The switches with internally powered LEDs rely on power coming from the amp itself to light up the LED. Versions with externally powered LEDs use a standard DC 2.1mm center-negative DC jack for LED power.
As with the switch compatibility, it is your responsibility to determine whether or not your amp or device provides power for an LED before you order.
By default, both versions are wired to come on when the circuit is open (not grounded). For some devices, this means that the LED will be backward to whatever function your footswitch is controlling.
If you’re not sure about your amp providing power, or the LED polarity, it is best to go with the externally powered version with polarity switches. With that switch, you’re covered for any latching switch/LED configuration, and you can set the LEDs to work how you want them to.